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Masses Of Seaweed Threaten Fisheries And Foul Beaches

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 4:00am

A floating, smelly mass of seaweed called sargassum is covering beaches in the Caribbean and along the Gulf of Mexico.

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Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 6:42pm

When researchers cleaned up vacant lots and planted grass and trees in poor neighborhoods in Philadelphia, residents' mental health improved.

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Britain's Big Butterfly Count Begins, With David Attenborough Leading The Charge

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 2:55pm

For the next three weeks, citizen volunteers in the United Kingdom will be tallying the painted ladies, peacocks and brimstones they see, to help create a nationwide count — and soothe their souls.

(Image credit: Chris Golightly/Flickr)

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:52pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2017.

Doctors Raise Alarm About Shortages Of Pain Medications

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 4:11am

Hospitals across the country are reporting significant shortages of pain medication. A survey of anesthesiologists found that 95 percent say it is impacting patient care.

(Image credit: Rick Bowmer/AP)

Washington, D.C., Is Counting All Its Cats. It Will Take 3 Years And $1.5 Million

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 4:05pm

The nation's capital has a cat problem. And the first step toward fixing it, apparently, is to quantify it.

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Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:59pm

Warmer weather means that barnacle geese fly faster to their breeding grounds, leaving them too tired to lay eggs right away. By the time they're ready, the babies have missed the best food.

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Three Dimensions, Endless Possibilities

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:06am

3-D printing isn't the future. It's changing the world we live in right now.

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A Spike In Liver Disease Deaths Among Young Adults Fueled By Alcohol

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 7:02pm

Deaths due to liver disease have increased among the young — and heavy drinking is to blame.

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AI Innovators Take Pledge Against Autonomous Killer Weapons

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 4:26pm

"We will neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of" artificial intelligence that is used to kill people, leading AI researchers vowed.

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Physicists Go Small: Let's Put A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 3:43pm

A tiny accelerator could be useful in medicine as well as basic science. Instead of speeding up beams of electrons through giant tunnels, the aim here is to build accelerators on semiconductor chips.

(Image credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

Archaeologists Find 14,500-Year-Old Bread

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 4:09am

Archaeologists in Jordan's Black Desert found the burnt remains of bread, baked more than 14,000 years ago. It proves people were making bread far earlier than originally known.

How To Be A Savvy Consumer Of Science News

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 5:13pm

Astrophysicist Adam Frank has a cheat sheet for how to not get overwhelmed or snookered by science headlines.

Scientists Hunt A Test To Diagnose Chronic Brain Injury In Living People

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:32am

Doctors are closer to a test in live brains that could help diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease that's been linked to concussions and other repeated brain assaults.

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More Screen Time For Teens Linked To ADHD Symptoms

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:25am

A new study finds that teens who engage in frequent texting, social media use and other online activities daily are more likely to develop symptoms of ADHD.

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Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:39am

Astronomers have found 12 more moons orbiting the planet Jupiter. These moons are all small — just 5 kilometers or less across — and one of them behaves very strangely.

(Image credit: Image by Roberto Molar Candanosa, courtesy of Carnegie Institution for Science)

Insurers And Government Are Slow To Cover Expensive CAR-T Cancer Therapy

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 7:02am

Treatment costs for the immunotherapy can run to more than $1 million. Some state Medicaid programs aren't paying for the treatment, and Medicare's complicated payment rates have hospitals worried.

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Kilauea Lava Explosion Injures 23 Tourists

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:53pm

A basketball-sized lava bomb slammed through the roof of a tour boat near an active fissure of the Hawaiian volcano early Monday morning, showering the vessel with debris.

(Image credit: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources/AP)

Surfing For Science: A New Way To Gather Data For Ocean And Coastal Research

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:09pm

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography hope to turn surfers into citizen scientists by equipping them with a "smartfin" that gathers data as they surf.

Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 1:53pm

The Internet relies on a network of cables, many buried underground along U.S. coastlines. A new analysis finds sea level rise could put thousands of miles of cable underwater in the next 15 years.

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